Sunday, May 2, 2010
Sunday: Dinosaur food
Baked monkfish with chive-topped boiled fiddlehead ferns and wild rice.
Fiddleheads are the curled-up young form of the ostrich fern. In other countries, some other types of ferns are used as well, but apparently some of them are a little toxic. There is just a brief window each year in which fiddleheads are available, so they are a special treat. We thought they smelled very similar to asparagus, but the texture is a little firmer and they have their own unique taste.
The monkfish was dredged in flour and herbs, then browned in a pan, after which we added some stock and put the whole thing into the oven to bake. Monkfish has an interesting lobster-like moist texture.
eating ferns makes you feel like a dinosaur